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I've been pretty busy as of late so I apologize for not keeping this blog up to date as often. It's crunch time for finding a flat and we have managed to find one we really like, but its a waiting game now since they are so damn thorough with background checks over here. That is one thing about England..they are so fraud paranoid! Still, I've heard it's become a massive problem, but seriously its crazy.
Last weekend I went and met my stepmom Michelle in London on her
layover. It was really nice to see someone in my family and be familiar with someone!! I'm so used to meeting new people and not being with anyone that knows me or anything north american lol. I took the day off work and jumped on a bus to go to Victoria station. I manouvered my way to St. John's Wood on the tube quite well I must say, finally feeling like the city girl I am!! It was nice to get around by myself and not feel to much like a tourist, actually feeling familiar with my suroundings. Which is difficult in London and especially on the tube because it's so huge. I feel proud I know how to get to a few places for now!
I met Michelle at the hotel, and we decided to take a walk over to Abbey Road which was just down the street. Abbey Road is the infamous street where the Abbey Road Studios are and of course, where The Beatles recorded their album! I did the walk across the crosswalk thats on the cover of their album and stood outside like a groupy reading all the graffitti on the wall. It was really awesome to stand there and see a part of musical history really, although I wasn't even close to being born around that era, I can still definatly appreciate the magitude of who The Beatles were. Plus I do like some of their music! lol
After that we headed to the Kilburn area to do a little shopping.
Michelle showed me all the shops that she goes to when shes in town to find good deals. Got some good ideas for Christmas gifts!! We also headed to Primark, what a mad house that place is all over the UK I swear! but even still you still wait for the long lines to try stuff on and even longer lines to check out..its a man's nightmare for sure!
After our shopping expedition we were starved and Michelle had made reservations for us and her friend Jane at a Restaurant called Little Bay. The restaurant was a small, stylish place where we had to duck into a table under the stairs, but it was really quaint and the food was fantastic! It was nice to have a meal with Canadians and be able to contribute to things and not be the odd one out who doesn't remember an English tv show from the 80's or a popular vacation spot from when your a kid.
After we got full up on the three course dinner we walked back to the hotel and dropped our shopping off. Michelle took me to see where Paul McCartney lives which turned out to be right around the corner. The street was really quiet even though it's right off a main road, I was also surprised that the house looked so small but I'm sure its the inside thats done up grand for sure! After all, a large house in England is really only slightly bigger then a regular detached house at home, and no where near the size of the mansions on The Bridle Path in Scarborough. Your paying for location, location, location. And Paul McCartney's house is definatly in a gorgous posh neighbourhood!
We took a stroll to the St. John's Wood High Street after and it was quite nice with lots of little boutiques and bakeries. The pub was hopping with people spilling out on the street in their suits obviously downing a pint after work. The cafe's on the pavement were full and people were enjoying the last of a really nice sunny day, which in England means everyone is out with a vengenance sucking up any sunshine they can get!
The next day I said my goodbyes to Michelle as she was getting picked up for her return flight and I headed to the tube station, Aunt Jemima and Kraft Peanut butter in hand. Well actaully in jugs and I was lugging it with stops along the way to get the circulation back in my arms!! Thanks dad!! lol Gotta love Costco.
I was a little early for my bus back so I stopped at the Starbucks near Victoria station and since it was so beautiful out I decided to drop all my stuff and enjoy some alone time and drink a yummy frappachino and watch everyone bustle by on their way to wherever. I felt like I could have sat there all day it was so nice. Tis not the case though and I finally grabbed my stuff again and walked to the station to head home. I'm beginning to fall in love with London...!
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